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Medicare open enrollment deadline just weeks away listen

12/14/09 Tom Baur
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Medicare's Open Enrollment for 2010 ends December 31st. Until then Florida seniors with Medicare may select a health plan for their 2010 coverage and can add, drop or change their prescription drug coverage. Seniors should carefully weigh their options because each year the cost and coverage of plans change.

Volunteers with SHINE, Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders, are trained by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs to assist seniors through Medicare open enrollment by comparing...

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Castor amendment could curb fraud in Medicare Advantage listen

09/02/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Medicare Advantage program, passed by the Republican Congress and signed by President George W. Bush in 2003, allows private health maintenance organizations to provide care to seniors who opt for the program. But some seniors say they have been tricked to switch from their Medicare plan to Medicare Advantage by dishonest HMOs. Virginia Seaman is a resident at the Acorn Trace Apartments in Tampa. After she was pressured to sign a form outside of a health clinic, Seaman was told by her ori...

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Medicare expert on end-of-life counsleling proposal listen

08/14/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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As President Obama continues to campaign for health care reform, a false rumor is circulating that the President and Democrats were seeking to implement "death panels," with bureaucrats making decisions about whether elderly or seriously ill patients live or die. The allegation stems in part from a provision in a bill passed by three House committees that would provide Medicare reimbursement to patients seeking end-of-life counseling.

Yesterday, lawmakers working on the Senate version said...

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Medicare expert: end-of-life counseling issue wildly distorted listen

08/13/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In the past week, controversy over a particular provision in a House bill to overhaul the health care system has been dominating the headlines.

The provision would require Medicare to pay physicians to counsel patients once every 5 years. During those sessions, doctors could discuss how patients can plan for such end-of-life decisions as setting up a living will, obtaining hospice care or establishing a proxy to make their health decisions when they are unable to do so.

Yesterday Iowa ...

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Medicare payments stop during fraud investigation listen

02/26/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This afternoon in St. Petersburg, about 50 patients came together at the medical clinic where they had been receiving help to demand that Medicare resume paying for their medical treatments. Because of an investigation into alleged fraud, Medicare has stopped all payments to the Advanced Medical Therapy Institute.

A dozen of the patients spoke about how the non-traditional treatment they’ve received at Advanced Medical has helped them fight their cancers and other afflictions.

Mary B...

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Medicare tour stops in Sun City Center listen

11/29/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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People who qualify for Medicare health coverage have until Dec. 31 to change their plan during the fall open enrollment.

To publicize this opportunity, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are sponsoring a Medicare bus tour called “Working Together for Better Health.”

At a tour stop his morning in Sun City Center, Dr. Richard Wild, who is chief medical officer of the CMS in the Atlanta region, encouraged the 30 or s...

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